During the growing season (April 1 through October 31) the garden is open from sunrise to sunset.
The following rules and regulations apply to all members and their guests. Please read carefully. Failure to abide by these rules will result in your losing your plot. Three inspection violations in a two year period will forfeit your rights as a community gardener at FBGA and your plot will be taken away and reassigned.
In addition, each member is responsible for checking the bulletin boards for any changes and updates regarding policy, rules, regulations and events sponsored by FBGA, including educational workshops. Please keep this document for your records.
Each gardener must attend the Spring Meeting to pick up their garden ID card, garden permit and hear any changes to the rules and regulations. “If a gardener does not pick up his/her permit at the mandatory Spring Meeting or contact the President within 48 hours after the meeting, the garden will be considered abandoned and the plot reassigned.” Any permits not picked up by May 1 will indicate that the plot is abandoned and will be reassigned
1 Identification – Each plot must have a sign on their gate or front fence facing the aisle with the plot owner’s last name, and plot number of the user at all times. This sign must be clearly visible and placed on the front gate at the onset of the growing season.
- All vehicles in the garden parking areas must display the parking permit on the rear view mirror at all times. Vehicles that do not have a parking permit are also subject to ticketing by park police.
- Garden Household refers to gardeners at the same address. No more than 4 single plots or 2 double plots may be considered as a household. Additional gardeners from that address will be considered a separate household.
4 Gardeners may apply for a double plot after completing 2 years in good standing. Gardeners will be placed on an in-house waiting list. Only 10 gardeners will be assigned a double plot each gardening season. A gardener must remain in good standing before they can be given a double plot
A member is considered not in good standing if they have 2 inspection violations or 1 other violation in the 2 year period
- - Plots are non- transferable. Any gardener who allows a friend or relative to take over their plot without notifying the administration in writing will immediately lose their right to be a FBGA member. If a member is temporarily or permanently unable to maintain his/her plot as required, the member will notify FBGA in writing before the plot becomes unsightly or overgrown with weeds. If a plot is determined to be abandoned by FBGA and there is no record of this written notification, the plot it will be reassigned. If the gardener is deceased, the plot may be transferred to spouse, long term partner or immediate family member only.
- Each member must respect and adhere to the assigned layout dimensions and will not exceed the maximum dimensions allocated of approximate size 10’ X 20’ single, 10’ X 40’ (X), or 20’ X 20’ (U). There is no planting outside the fence line.
- No more than 50 square feet of an enclosed area (4 single or 2 double plots) can be used for structure within enclosed area. The rest of the area must be used for gardening. Existing structures will be allowed to remain
- Inspections – the gardens are inspected monthly from May to September. Any violations must be corrected within 10 days of date of notification letter. If the violation is not corrected by the next inspection it will count as a separate violation. Any gardener receiving 3 violations in a 2 year period will lose their garden plot
- All garden fencing will not exceed five (5) feet in height. The following fencing materials and products are absolutely prohibited in the garden area: chain link, orange or bright blue plastic, lattice or bed frame fencing, or concrete construction of any kind in or around a plot. . Do not fence in more than 4 single plots or 2 double together.
- Gardens and aisles must be kept free of excessive weeds on an ongoing basis.
- Gardeners must bring weeds, or spent plants to the compost area.
- Trees, shrubs and invasive plants must be grown in pots to with a limit of six feet in height. Invasive plants are any plant that spreads through underground roots such as but not limited to mint, horseradish, hoteneya, raspberries, and blackberries
- Tall or vining crops may not be planted along fence lines
- Shade Area – Structures in garden plots must be 3 ft. from perimeter of plot to avoid shading neighboring plots. Structures may not be taller than 6 feet. NO Tarps may be used on the top or sides of structures. If you need shade use roll up shade materials. Shading materials must be rolled up when you are not using them.
- Members are prohibited from altering or tapping into the main water system. No unauthorized plumbing work is allowed within the garden area. Anyone who wants to do plumbing work in their garden must get approval from FBGA Chair of Operations and Maintenance.
- All water containers including but not limited to tubs, barrels, ponds (not deeper than 3 feet), and bird baths must be treated in order to prevent mosquito breeding by using either Mosquito Dunk or fish that eat mosquito larvae.
- Plots must be left clean, free of debris and dead plants. All unsightly items must be stored away and secured for the winter.
- Gardeners moving to a new plot (single or double) must clean out their old plot between March 15 and March 30
- Forty Eight (48) inch aisle requirement: All aisles and walkways must provide a minimum width of forty-eight inches for safe public access. No obstructions of any kind such as chairs, grills, plants, flower beds, boxes, mats, rugs, or carpets are permitted in the walkways or aisles.
- All members must properly maintain the aisle in front (and in back if you have an X plot) of their garden by manual pulling of grass and weeds, tilling, or pitchforking the soil.
- Gardeners must remove soil from the aisle before adding woodchips so that the aisle stays level
- Each Gardening Family (garden members at the same address) is required to perform
- Each garden household must perform their community service before September 30 of the current gardening season.
24 Gardeners must present FBGA ID for their community service to count. The number of hours will be determined annually by the Board of Directors. Notice of the required number of hours will be sent with garden applications and stated on Opening Day/ Permit
- Trash cans in parking area for trash only. Do not place metal or wood in trash cans. Tie them up in neat bundle and place next to trash cans.
- Community Compost Area: Only vegetation and organic matter biodegradables/weeds) are to be placed in the designated compost area. NO PLASTIC BAGS OR TRASH OF ANY KIND are ALLOWED in the compost area.
- Gardeners may not add, prune, or remove plants from community areas without permission.
- Picnic Area is for gardeners and their guests. Gardeners must be with their guests at all times.
- Gardeners must take their trash out of the picnic area and place it in trash cans in the parking lot
- Only charcoal fires are allowed. Gardeners must clean out grill and place ashes/left over charcoal in the cans marked Charcoal only
- Prohibited Activities – The following activities are absolutely prohibited in the garden area: interfering with the day to day running of FBGA, taking anything from community growing areas and/or your neighbors’ plots, fighting (physical, or verbal) racial, ethnic, religious, or gender abuse, or disorderly conduct, ball playing, skating, loud music, littering, feeding of wild animals, and the use of chemical pesticides or fungicides such as Sevin, Captan, Diazinon and Malathion are also prohibited. FBGA encourages the use of organic fertilizers. Fertilizers exceeding NPK totaling over 15 are considered non-organic.
- FBGA is for people. If you bring your pet you must have them restrained. You must clean up after your pet. Pets that bark continuously or when people pass your plot are not allowed. Pets may not be tied up in the aisle. YOUR PET MUST BE WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES.
- No gardener may enter O&M work areas without permission from the chair of the O&M committee. The work areas are behind the picnic area and habitat and across from the habitat. When FBGA has materials (compost, manure, or woodchips) for your use they will be placed in the parking area. THESE MATERIALS ARE FOR FBGA GARDENERS ONLY
- In case of drought, gardeners must follow water restrictions that are posted around the garden.
- In times of national emergencies that cause the closure of Floyd Bennett Field, the gardens will also be closed.